Man gets 10 years for Terwindt kidnapping

15th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

15 June 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The Arnhem Court sentenced a 38-year-old man to 10 years jail after he was convicted of kidnapping 16-year-old Reinier Terwindt in October last year. The jail term was equal to the prosecution's demand.

15 June 2004

AMSTERDAM — The Arnhem Court sentenced a 38-year-old man to 10 years jail after he was convicted of kidnapping 16-year-old Reinier Terwindt in October last year. The jail term was equal to the prosecution's demand.

The defendant — identified as Dutch national J. G. — was also ordered to pay the Terwindt family — one of the richest business families in the Netherlands — a symbolic damages bill of EUR 1, news agency ANP reported. 

G. held the boy hostage for about four days in a holiday home in the Belgian Ardennes and demanded that the brick manufacturing family pay a ransom of EUR 10 million. Police freed the 16-year-old boy before the ransom was paid.

The court said G. returned to the Netherlands from Cook Islands with a meticulous plan to kidnap someone because he was in severe financial trouble. The agriculture expert was living with his family on the island of Rarotonga.

In September, G. travelled to the Netherlands and in an internet café he came across the Quote Top 500 list of the richest Dutch business people and families. He selected the names of several rich families.

After various preparations, he arrived at the Terwindt family home in the eastern city Nijmegen on 21 October and pretended to be a flower deliverer. Reinier was alone in the house.

The suspect then bound the 16-year-old boy by his hands and feet and placed him in the trunk of a car he had previously hired in the Ardennes region. He left a ransom note behind in the Terwindt family home.

The judge took into account the continued fear the victim experienced after G. told him that the Terwindt family home was being watched by Serbian machine gunners. Reinier and his family were repeatedly threatened with death.

The public prosecution said it was extremely pleased with the court's ruling.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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